Bihar Political Crisis Live News Updates: After taking oath as chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, 10 August, Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar cast doubt over Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister again in 2024.
He said, "Those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024?" and added that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) "can say what they want, but I will not live in the year 2014."
Kumar took oath along with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, who was sworn in as the deputy CM.
This came a day after Nitish Kumar called off the Janata Dal (United)-BJP coalition and announced a 'Mahagathbandan' of seven parties, with RJD as the prime partner.
Meanwhile, the BJP is out on streets in Patna, protesting against the new alliance.
This marks the JD(U) chief's eighth stint as CM.
Nitish Kumar's decision to call it quits with the BJP was announced during a key meeting of JD(U) MPs and MLAs conducted on Tuesday, during which he accused the BJP of attempting to "break" its alliance partner.
Pledging support for Nitish Kumar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Tuesday, "BJP will be left alone in the Bihar Assembly. All parties have accepted Nitish Kumar as their leader."
After Nitish's U-Turn, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the JD(U) chief was "disrespecting the mandate of people."
The disintegration of ties between Kumar and the BJP was evident in the last few months, even though it has still left many surprised at the swift turn of events.
‘People Are Disillusioned With Centre’: Bhupesh Baghel
Taking a dig at the BJP, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said, "They (BJP) wanted to topple the government in Jharkhand, but their own government collapsed (in Bihar). NDA's alliance partners are leaving it...be it Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and JD(U). It's a message for 2024, people are disillusioned with Centre."
JD(U) President Attacks BJP, Explains Why Nitish Quit Alliance
JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh said, "Nitish Kumar did not want to become CM in 2020 but you (BJP) forcefully made him CM... RCP Singh came to JDU as an agent of BJP. You (BJP) did not follow coalition dharma. We are not afraid of Income Tax, CBI and ED."
Tamil Nadu CM Wishes Nitish, Tejashwi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wished Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav on forming government in Bihar and said in a tweet, "The return of the Grand Alliance in Bihar is a timely effort in the unity of secular and democratic forces of the country."
‘Bihar Did What Country Needs to Do’: Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav
Bihar Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav, told ANI, "Bihar did what country needs to do. We have shown them a way. Our fight has been against unemployment. Our CM felt pain of the poor and youth. We will give bumper jobs within one month to poor and youth, it will be something so grand that it has never happened before."
He added that the new "Mahagathbandhan is so strong that BJP would be only one left for opposition in Vidhan Sabha."
"Difficult decision taken by CM Nitish Kumar is a decision which was needed. Communal tensions were being spread by BJP, they were trying to kill regional parties," Yadav added.